The Serious Danger in Our Environment: Mercury

Even if we try to escape from the toxins that steal our health from our planet, which is getting more polluted every day, it is not easy to get rid of them. Heavy metals are an important group among environmental toxins that pose a very serious health threat to us. There are heavy metals and their innumerable compounds, but we would like to draw particular attention to four of which pose the greatest danger to us, namely mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metals in our environment are a major environmental pollution problem because they are associated with many health problems, including brain damage and heart diseases in children and adults.
Sometimes, mass poisonings caused by heavy metals such as lead mixed with water resources, and environmental disasters such as mass fish deaths due to their mixing into rivers are encountered. Unfortunately, city water networks can be an important source of toxic heavy metals. The most effective way to prevent this is to filter the water coming to our home and workplace with a quality water filtration system. Purifying the mains water from heavy metals is a good start, but there are other things we need to pay attention to in order to avoid heavy metals, foods are the first, now let’s look at the dangers and precautions related to one of these heavy metals, mercury:
Mercury is a heavy metal that causes intense pollution in our environment. Mercury compounds, which are used extensively in industry, accumulate in nature and accumulate by entering the human body through the consumption of seafood, amalgam dental fillings, vaccines, air pollution (intensive coal use). Mercury is a heavy metal that particularly affects the nervous system. As the amount of mercury in the body increases, discomforts such as fatigue, irritability, palpitations, inability to focus, and inability to think clearly begin. In most cases, they are not considered to be caused by mercury.
Seafood is mercury-condensed foods. Therefore, it is possible to reduce your mercury intake by paying attention to a few points when choosing them. Small sea fish should be preferred for fish consumption. The larger the fish, the longer it lives and feeds on small sea creatures, so larger fish collect more mercury. Because small fish have a short lifespan, mercury accumulation is not high in these fish. Fish such as sardines, anchovies, horse mackerel and mackerel have the lowest mercury content. You can consume them in season with peace of mind. Salmon and tongue are larger, but their mercury content is lower. Seafood such as octopus, squid, and shrimp also contain low amounts of mercury. Large fish such as swordfish, tuna and shark contain high levels of mercury. Mercury accumulation is high in shellfish such as mussels. Avoid consuming them or limit them to a maximum of 2-3 times a month.
In general, prefer free sea fish to farmed fish. Farmed fish such as salmon, sea bream and sea bass are not a healthy choice in terms of pesticides and GMO feeds, even if they are not risky in terms of mercury. It is useful to choose the natural alternatives of these caught from the sea.
Most people have latent mercury poisoning. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements known. Especially pregnant women should stay away from seafood with high mercury concentration due to the risk of the baby being affected by mercury in the womb. One study found that approximately 30 percent of pregnant women had mercury levels above the safe limit. Frequent fish eaters have 11 times higher mercury levels than those who rarely eat fish.
Due to the high mercury exposure of mothers, the amount of mercury in the bodies of children born today can be excessive. Exposure to mercury during pregnancy is a factor that increases birth defects, causes autism and other developmental delays, attention deficit, hyperactivity, and other learning disorders. Mercury easily crosses the placenta and is passed from mother to child. If the mercury load in the woman’s body can be reduced before conception, the congenital mercury load in the child will also decrease.
Mercury can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter medicines and body care products. Since mercury is an excellent antiseptic, it is present in vaccines. Vaccines may contain thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury.
Thiazide group diuretics used in blood pressure patients to lower blood pressure contain mercury. Many products that we use in our daily life, such as antiseptics, anti-fungal drugs used in the treatment of fungi, disinfectant soaps, contact lens solutions, may contain mercury.
Dental Fillings
With each chewing movement, a small amount of mercury evaporates from the mercury fillings in our teeth and enters the body. Although this amount is very small, if we consider that we do the chewing movement thousands of times, there may be a significant amount of mercury entering our body in this way. If the mercury fillings in our mouths are older than 15 years, they degrade faster and mercury releases increase. Mercury vapor entering the body in this way goes directly to the brain, an organ that is easily damaged from the tissues and the brain.
Environmental pollution
Mercury is used in industry in various fields such as pesticides, fungicides, production of electrical conductors, etc. Mercury is used in the manufacture of electronics, gold mining, paper, chlorine, adhesives, fabric softeners and waxy oils. The amount of mercury that enters the body through respiration from air pollution is significant.
The main symptoms associated with mercury can include:
• Skin lesions such as acne, dermatitis
• Allergic and inflammatory reactions in the digestive tract
• Depression, dementia, tremor and neurodegenerative diseases
• Autism in Children
• Chronic Fatigue
• Sleeping disorders
• Defect of vision
Coronary Artery Disease — Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor [Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor] (KIHD) study: 2,005 male patients with heart disease were divided into duct groups based on the amount of mercury in their hair shafts and followed for an average of 12 years. Those with hair mercury concentrations in the top 25 percent were found to have a 60% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The same men had a 70% increased risk of coronary heart disease.

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